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The Garden of the Badhbh (Black and White Edition) By Giles Watson & Buffarches
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88 feet below Messines Ridge, an enormous charge of explosives lurks in the darkness, waiting to be detonated under the German trenches, whilst members of the Royal Irish Rifles prepare for the... More > attack. Sapper John McCreesh entertains himself and his fellow miners with stories of the Morrigan, the war-goddess of the ancient Irish: stories which hold up a disturbing mirror to the lives of the men around him. Corry-Burnett, a young Lance-Corporal, must lead a trench raid in order to ascertain whether German miners are aware of the imminent danger, but one of his men is already a shell-shock victim whose conviction has been shaken by violence. Meanwhile, Siobhan O’Flaherty, a nursing sister, copes on a daily basis with the horrific injuries and psychological traumas of the victims of war. Her brooding, enigmatic presence and her strange connection with a pair of ravens will intrigue and mystify readers, as her feminine strength is mustered in a world dominated and traumatised by masculine power.< Less
Real Myth By Giles Watson & Buffarches
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From legends of the Furies to the shower scene from 'Psycho', from the gentleness of Melangell to the fury of Andraste, this collection explores folk-tales and myths through a range of different... More > voices. Giles Watson's dramatic monologues and idiosyncratic poetic narratives are complemented by beautiful and often unsettling illustrations by Buffarches.< Less
Somnambuliform By Giles Watson & Buffarches
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Drawn from Welsh mythology, natural observation, and bitter personal experience, the poems in Giles Watson's latest collection explore human emotions in a raw and uncompromising style, and in a... More > variety of voices. The poems at the heart of this new collection centre on the refusal to be silenced in the aftermath of a violent incident. Others explore folkloric themes, but all are united by a humane conscience which nevertheless insists on the right to express anger at gendered violence, injustice, objectification and victim-blaming. Many of the poems are complemented by dark and beautiful illustrations by Buffarches, creating a subtle and haunting dialogue between text and image.< Less